How does it accomplish all of this? Simple! The Quadshot differs from a typical remote-controlled airplane or helicopter in a big way: it has a brain! The Quadshot Mocha's brain is called Lia.
BRAIN - Like the flight computer on an advanced aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Lia runs advanced flight control software, and is equipped with a sensor suite called an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). The IMU contains 3-axis solid-state accelerometers and gyroscopes to keep Lia up-to-date on which way she is pointing and how fast she is rotating.
Lia combines all of this information with your commands and then decides what to do hundreds of times per second. The advantage of being so brainy? When you flip the flight mode switch, Lia completely changes the Quadshot's flight behavior between hovering, trainer forward flight, and "unlimited" control for aerobatics!
Lia may be small, but she’s powerful - and hackable! Lia’s hardware is open (OSHW), and she runs flight software based on the Open-Source Paparazzi project - which means you have the power to make changes, and also benefit from improvements made by others in the community.
AIRFRAME - The Quadshot is lightweight, yet durable. It consists of a one-meter (39 inch) wing, four pylons with motors and propellers, an enclosure for the electronics, and a standard threaded mount suitable for a small camera (such as a GoPro®). The wing is made out of EPO foam, with a carbon-fiber spar for strength. The pylons are plastic-reinforced foam, and act as landing gear, motor mounts, and tailfins. They are set farther apart on the bottom of the wing to give your camera a clear view. The pylons snap into the airframe and can pop out in a crash.